Up until a few months ago, Miami felt empty.
The shortage of Afro-Caribbean rhythms in a city built by Afro-Caribbean immigrants was downright shameful. We had become the Big Mango tree without roots.
But then Tumbao happened, and Afro-Caribbean beats found a permanent home at the intersection o ... More >>
The issue of the arts within Cuba is a polarizing one. And you'd be hard pressed to find a more politically charged art form out of the island than Nueva Trova, which was more than just a genre following the revolution that put Castro in power in 1959.
It was a movement, and a mode of expression ... More >>
Frequencia Natural EP
As time passes, Elastic Bond band leader Andres Ponce is beginning to look like the greatest export the rhino-shaped country of Venezuela could've mustered. (Sure, there's all that petroleum for your lame SUVs and the Miss Univers ... More >>
Luis Bofill got his start in Cuba's Nueva Trova movement of the late '70s with the group Cuba Nueva. From there, he would cut a mean rug as an exciting interpreter of standards and for generating an infectious blend of jazz, rumba, Latin, and Afro-beat. He's been calling Miami his home since ... More >>
There is little that's revolutionary, either politically or musically, about Buena Fe, the Cuban duo of Rojas Fiel and Yoel Martinez Rodriguez. Perhaps that's because the pair are truly products of the studiously apolitical pop music scene in late Castro Cuba; they formed as a musical act in 1999 an ... More >>